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The presence of hydronephrosis associated with recurrence appears to be a contraindication to surgery with curative intent.[98] Patients with limited pulmonary metastases and patients with both pulmonary and hepatic metastases may also be considered for surgical resection, with 5-year survival possible in highly selected patients.[82,83,84]

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Check for U.S. clinical trials from NCI's list of cancer clinical trials that are now accepting patients with stage IV rectal cancer and recurrent rectal cancer. The list of clinical trials can be further narrowed by location, drug, intervention, and other criteria.

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